Roscommon Village Receives Millions In Grant Money To Upgrade Infrastructure

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to establish the vitality of the village.”

The biggest grant Roscommon has ever seen will be put toward a project very few will ever see.

That’s because it will be underground.

The village received more than $2 million.

After months of writing for financial help needed to fix aging infrastructure, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation delivered.

“We never have received a grant of $2 million before. Ever,” says John Rosczyk, Roscommon Village manager.

The size of the check from the MEDC is dwarfed by the amount of work that Roscyzk says the money will go toward.

“This is going to help to us on the road to recovery,” Roscyzk says. “Infrastructure, water and sewer services are most essential to having a successful community.”

The check was worth $2,030,000 with a match of $300,000.

Engineers working at the wastewater treatment plant say the southern area of Roscommon needs every dollar.

“There were a lot of systems that were built in the 50’s through the 70’s and they are at the end of their lifespan now,” says John DeVol, engineering project manager for Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering. “The need, the dollar cost to replace and repair what’s broken out there is staggering.”

These millions will address problems that lie beneath your feet: cast iron, old pipes that are rusting; sewage lines that that are too small for an expanding population.

This money could help expand them.

“We are going to increase the sizes and increase the capacities on the sewer system to be able to alleviate that need,” DeVol says.

Next comes the bidding process for a contractor to do the job.

The DPW director says that should be decided by February.

“I’ve lived here 36 years and i think there has been a need that long,” says Lance Cherven, Roscommon DPW director. “It’s going to be more, make our plan more environmentally-friendly.”

As for the construction, itself, it will hopefully completed by the end of next year.

“We’ve got a lot of projects going on in this community but this is a crowning achievement,” Roscyzk says. “We now have to get it done.”